I hope that your children are continuing to come home with exciting news about their school day and excitement about the learning ahead. This is a very sweet and enthusiastic group of students, and I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with them!
The last three weeks have been busy working on setting the tone of our classroom and sharing my expectations with the students. We will continue to learn procedures for classroom centers and rotations in math and reading. It is imperative that each child is able to follow these procedures and expectations during center time so that I am able to work with students in small groups. Small group instruction allows me to differentiate instruction and provide the best education to meet your child’s specific individual learning needs. When students are not following these expectations, it takes away from others learning, and their own learning. Based on their responses to our rules and expectations, I am confident that we will maintain a classroom where everyone respects each other’s “Right to Learn!”
Graded papers will be sent home on Friday, 9/21. Please review the papers, keep them, sign the green sheet on the outside of the envelope, and return the envelope next week. I will be using this envelope all school year!
Please remember to send a healthy snack in with your child every day. They may have plastic water bottles at their desk, too. If anyone would like to donate a large container of pretzels or Goldfish to the class, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
What are we learning…
Math: We took our Place Value pre-test today! Students will be working on ordering larger numbers, comparing numbers (<,>,=), and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, and 1,000. Please review these important concepts with your child at home. Thank you!
Reading: This Friday, students will take the M.A.P.S. Reading Test (Measuring Academic Progress). From this valuable tool, along with running records from Fountas & Pinnell, I will begin to form my small reading groups, as well as incorporate the “Daily 5” in my instruction. More information to follow soon. Our reading focus skills over the next few weeks are setting a purpose for reading, connecting self to text, comprehension, and the importance of asking & answering questions in fictional text.
Word Study/Spelling: Students will take home their 1st set of words on Monday and will have to complete 3 homework assignments during the week (our “Spelling Menu”). Thursday evening, students should study their words and do a practice spelling test. I DO NOT need the practice test turned in! Menu assignments will be due ALTOGETHER on Friday. Finally, the Word Study/Spelling Tests will also be on Friday. Please make sure your child brings their Word Study/Spelling Notebook to school daily starting next week!
English/Writing: We have been and will continue to focus our attention on writing complete sentences, proper punctuation, subjects, and predicates. We will also be working on singular & plural nouns, as well as continuing to work on creative writing, as we respond to stories in our Reading Response Journals.
Science: We started our 3 week ANIMAL science unit this week. Information should have come home with your child yesterday about all of the concepts we will be learning during this unit. Students will also be learning key vocabulary and vocabulary index cards should be coming home nightly for review and brought back to school each day. Thank you!
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT- Thursday, September 20 at 6:30….Hope to see you all tomorrow night!
FAMILY PIZZA NIGHT- Friday, September 28 5:30-7:30
STUDENT HOLIDAY- Columbus Day- MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
FALL PICTURE DAY- Wednesday., OCTOBER 10
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for all of your support in all that we do!